Jill Bodensteiner Named to the Women Leaders in College Sports Board of Directors



May 14, 2020
Contact: Chanel Barnes 
Women Leaders in College Sports

Kansas City, Mo.—The Women Leaders in College Sports Executive Committee has appointed Jill Bodensteiner to replace Adrianne Swinney on the Women Leaders in College Sports Board of Directors through 2022. Adrianne Swinney, Chief Operating Office/SWA at the University of Connecticut, was selected to serve as the SWA Appointee on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors in March 2020. With her appointment, Swinney will now serve on the Women Leaders Board of Directors in an ex-officio role and Bodensteiner will fill her previously elected position through the duration of her term.

Bodensteiner, an active Women Leaders member, has served as the director of athletics at Saint Joseph’s University since June of 2018, joining SJU after an impressive 20-year career at her alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. She oversees the Hawks’ 20 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s varsity sports and membership in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Her appointment marked the first female in the school’s history to hold the post.

Bodensteiner’s career at Notre Dame began in 1997 in the Office of the General Counsel, progressed to the athletic department in 2009, and culminated in her most recent role as senior associate athletics director in 2013.

Among her accomplishments, Bodensteiner provided oversight to Notre Dame’s 26 intercollegiate athletics programs, 720 student-athletes and 70 coaches and served as sport administrator for the university’s nationally renowned, and 2018 National Champion women’s basketball program. She brings to the Women Leaders Board strong NCAA and industry wide leadership experience, having served on the Committee on Women’s Athletics and the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee and currently serving on the NCAA Board of Governors Federal and State Legislation Working Group on name, image and likeness. Working closely with LEAD1, the Atlantic Coast Conference and the NCAA, Bodensteiner played a key role in shaping the national debate and final legislation in areas including financial support for student-athletes, time management and academic conduct.

The native of Valparaiso, Indiana, received her bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Notre Dame, her juris doctorate from Washington University Law School in St. Louis, and her MBA from Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. She has been an active community service leader, serving as Chair of the Board of the YWCA North Central Indiana and volunteering with several other nonprofit organizations.
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About Women Leaders in College Sports

Founded in 1979, Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA; www.womenleadersincollgesports.org) is the only nationally recognized collegiate professional membership organization whose mission is to develop, connect, and advance women leaders working in intercollegiate athletics. More than 3,500 members strong, Women Leaders promotes the growth, leadership, and success of women as athletics administrators, conference commissioners, professional staff, coaches, and student-athletes.